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Military History Articles

There’s no way around it; history has been shaped by the outcome of innumerable wars and battles fought over everything from religion to territorial disputes to outright revenge over a perceived injustice. Learning about these conflicts is vital to understanding the world we live in today.

Our military coverage spans the ancient world through the Cold War. Discover epic medieval clashes, or fierce battles that caused entire ancient civilizations to crumble. Examine the political intricacies of sprawling conflicts like the Seven Years’ War or the War of Spanish Succession. Explore the devastation of the World Wars, or the fresh conflicts they left in their wake.

There’s also the fascinating evolution of weapons from the Stone Age through the nuclear arms race, as well as the changing military theories and strategies (or lack thereof) powering key decisions. Or you can discover a unique study of how contagious diseases have impacted the outcome of every war in America’s history, from skirmishes with Native Americans to 20th-century biological warfare. 

True stories about the people who fought these conflicts put a human face to the cost of war. You can learn about the Soviet Union’s Night Witches (an all-female regiment of fighter pilots), discover the Mapuche people’s centuries-long military resistance against the Spanish conquistadors, or read war books written by those who were actually there. Whatever draws you into military history, we’re exploring every angle of the conflicts that caused empires to rise and fall, reshaping our world in the process.

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10 Moving Anti-War Books

Authors explore the horrors of war from different perspectives and across generations.

The Germans Had Their Own "Mad General" Who Rode Into Combat in a Kilt

You may have heard of “Mad Jack” Churchill, but the Germans also had a fearsome kilt-wearing soldier.

The “Bloody 100th” Was a Legendary WWII Unit

The regiment gained a reputation for courage in the face of heavy losses.

10 Books to Read Before Watching Napoleon

The new Ridley Scott film charts the Frenchman's rise and fall.

Meet the French Resistance

Individual collectives were able to organize themselves into a serious threat against the Vichy government and German forces.

10 Naval History Books to Dive Into Right Now

From the Spanish Armada to Pearl Harbor and beyond.

The Tuskegee Airmen: The First Black U.S. Military Pilots

Courageous Black pilots led the way for desegregation in the U.S. Armed Forces. 

Winston Churchill’s Favorite Books

Judging from his reading list, Winston Churchill clearly thought a lot about the Roman Empire.

The Macabre Way Early Sailors Refreshed Their Wardrobes

Learn why some sailors were hesitant to use the “slop chest.”